PLACERVILLE -- Phillip and Nancy Garrido were sentenced to virtual life terms in prison Thursday morning shortly after Jaycee Dugard excoriated the pair through her mother, capping a whirlwind of a case that captured hearts and imaginations worldwide after Dugard surfaced and revealed she spent two decades as the prisoner of a twisted sexual bondage and captivity scheme outside Antioch.
"I hated every second of every day of 18 years because of you and the sexual perversion you forced on me," Dugard wrote in letter, read by her mother in the packed courtroom.
Phillip Garrido, 60, received a sentence of 431 years to life in prison, while Nancy Garrido, 55, was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison, all in accordance with their
At the nearly two-hour sentencing, Dugard's mother Terry Probyn read what is easily the longest and most expressive commentary by Dugard to date:
"I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence," Dugard wrote. "Phillip Garrido you are wrong. I could never say that to you before ... You are a liar and all of your so-called theories are wrong.
"Nancy, to facilitate his behavior and trick young girls for his pleasure is evil," Probyn continued, reading her daughter's statement. "Phillip, I say that I have always been a thing for
"Thankfully, I am doing well now and am no longer living in a nightmare. ... You do not matter any more."
As her statement was read, Nancy Garrido sobbed to herself as she sat in her orange jumpsuit, while Phillip Garrido looked down and sat stoically.
Probyn then spoke for herself on the horror of losing her daughter and being forced to fear the worst.
"No amount of jail time or even death will cleanse your corrupt souls. You are nothing other than selfish, self-serving, self-gratifying monsters," she said. "The only satisfaction for me is that I know you will never lay eyes on my daughter again. And, more importantly, you will never lay eyes on her daughters again."
She added about Dugard's two daughters: "They're aware they were deceived."
Tina Dugard, Jaycee's aunt, who was in the Placerville courtroom and Jaycee's half-sister Shayna Probyn, who was not, also submitted statements. Shayna, also in a statement read by her mother, said the Garridos robbed her of a childhood's worth of memories growing up with her sister.
"Satan will come for you," she wrote.
Before her sentencing, attorney Stephen Tapson read a statement on behalf of Nancy Garrido.
"Being sorry is not enough. Words cannot express the remorse for what I did. I loved the children. I loved Jaycee," Nancy Garrido said through her attorney, and then addressed Dugard herself. "I going off to spend my time in state prison ... I deserve every moment of it and I ask you to find it in your heart to forgive me."
Phimister then sentenced her and she was removed from the courtroom.
Phillip Garrido did not have a prepared statement, but his attorney Susan Gellman spoke on his behalf, saying he agreed with Dugard and her mother's statements and that he has accepted responsibility for his actions without any expectation of leniency.
However, Gellman told Judge Douglas Phimister he was not giving enough weight to Phillip's mental health issues in his sentencing.
"I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist, and neither is this court," Gellman said. "This is a sensational case and the sentence is sensational. One lifetime is enough.
"I'm not minimizing what was done in this case," Gellman continued, noting that whatever the court decided would amount to a lifetime sentence because he is already on a lifetime federal parole for a prior rape and kidnapping conviction.
Her arguments fell on deaf ears.
"This court has given tens of thousands of sentences and you fall into a special category," said Judge Phimister, addressing Phillip Garrido. "I am of the view where you lack a soul."
"You took a human being and turned them into chattel," Phimister added. "You reinvented slavery."
The judge also ordered that a transcript of closed-door testimony Dugard gave to a grand jury be released under the condition that it be redacted to conceal details of her sexual assault at the hands of her captors.
Shortly after that admonition, Phillip Garrido was escorted out of the courtroom by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies.
Phimister and District Attorney Vern Pierson were dismayed by a sentencing addendum, which categorized Phillip Garrido as being a low to moderate risk as a future sexual offender partly because his victims were female and he would only be around male inmates. It prompted both to cite the assessment tool as an example of how bureaucracy is out of step with reality.
"Mr. Garrido qualifies as a poster child for sexual predators," Phimister said.
Also present at the hearing was UC Berkeley police officer Allison Jacobs, one of two officers whose quick thinking when approached on campus by Phillip Garrido and the two daughters he had with Dugard led to a parole check and the unraveling of the captivity. She said she was "amazed" by how strong Dugard continues to be.
As conclusive as the sentences appeared, the story is not done yet: Dugard's memoir, said to be written by the victim herself, is set for release in July. It is expected to fill in the blanks of how she survived a nightmare that included her systematic rape at the hands of Phillip Garrido and the experience of bearing and raising two daughters while in his clutches.
In his order to redact the sexually explicit details of Dugard's grand jury testimony, Phimister ensured that the soon-to-be released memoir would not be undercut by details in the transcript.
Since being freed, Dugard has been living in seclusion in Northern California with her daughters and her mother. She received a $20 million settlement from the state, and other than a story in People magazine and a short video clip released last year, she has refrained from making public statements or appearances. Her book is her first substantive attempt at breaking her silence.
The Garridos' sentences bookend a dramatic ordeal revealed nearly two years ago and has had lasting repercussions locally and in the state.
Their arrests were a flash point for state parole agents and local authorities, who were admonished for their failure to uncover the captivity that began when the Garridos are said to have snatched the 11-year-old Dugard from a street in her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood in 1991 as her stepfather desperately chased after them on a bicycle. In the immediate aftermath, authorities said, Phillip Garrido used a stun gun on the child to keep her from escaping.
According to authorities and the defendants, Dugard lived in a warren of tents, sheds and outbuildings behind their Walnut Avenue home just outside Antioch city limits. One of those structures was soundproofed and is believed to be where Dugard bore two daughters fathered by Phillip Garrido, likely delivered by Nancy, a nursing assistant.
Dugard's daughters grew up believing she was their sister. While her true identity was kept under wraps -- she went by "Alissa" -- several people who knew the Garridos interacted with her, oblivious that she was a person who had been missing for more than a decade. They later would learn she was the driving force behind the Garridos' home printing business.
All of that escaped the detection of authorities, particularly state parole agents, who were assigned to Garrido after his parole was transferred from Nevada in 1999 stemming from his conviction in the 1976 kidnap and rape of a South Lake Tahoe woman in Reno.
The Contra Costa Sheriff's Office also had a chance in November 2006 to uncover the Garridos' scheme when a deputy was called to the home after someone reported that people were living in his backyard. The deputy never set foot inside and opted to question Phillip Garrido outside before leaving.
On Aug. 26, 2009, Garrido went to the UC Berkeley campus with his daughters seeking a permit to espouse his religious views on campus. Two wary campus police officers -- Jacobs and Lisa Campbell -- ran a check and called his parole officer. He showed up at the parole office with his wife, Jaycee and the two girls, leading to hours of questioning and, ultimately, the couple's arrest.
When the news of Dugard's reappearance broke, hordes of national and international media descended on Walnut Avenue outside Antioch.
The Dugard revelation prompted state and county promises of increased diligence, with then-Sheriff Warren Rupf adopting a mantra of "Look in the backyard" to preach thoroughness.
Katie Callaway Hall, the victim of Phillip Garrido's 1976 crime, added to the chorus of criticism of law enforcement whose lack of thoroughness she says allowed him to victimize again. The convicted rapist served just 11 years of a 50-year prison sentence for his attack on Callaway Hall, who attended Thursday's sentencing, because of defunct sentencing guidelines.
"I hope that no one is ever going to forget the horrible mistakes made by the parole system," she said.
Callaway Hall then offered a reassuring message to Dugard, from one Garrido victim to another.
"I hope she lives a long and wonderful life."
Robert Salonga covers public safety. Contact him at 925-943-8013. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga